Success Stories

Meet Douglas, SAY Youth Alumni

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life other than getting through and surviving.” When Douglas first came to Tamayo Village, SAY’s long-term housing program in Santa Rosa, he had no idea that he would later become an Electronics Technician Second Class in the United States Navy....

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Youth Summer Successes at SAY

This summer was a busy and exciting time for youth in SAY’s work experience programs. Every summer, SAY helps a cohort of young people become workforce ready through professional development workshops that focus on essential job skills, mock interviewing, and helping youth get that vital first job experience on their...

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Meet Jada

[embed]https://vimeo.com/[/embed] [vimeo 215745370 w=720 h=405] When Jada’s father was disabled in a car accident, the path of her childhood and her family’s stability was deeply affected. Her parents struggled to keep up with monthly bills, including mortgage payments. “My dad wasn’t able to work,” Jada says. “So we weren’t able to pay for...

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How an Office Internship Becomes a New Opportunity

Galen began his journey with our Career Services programs when he turned 18 after two bouts of homelessness, being removed from his mother’s home and intermittent stays in foster and group homes. Throughout an unpredictable and chaotic childhood, Galen graduated from Piner High School. He was diagnosed from an early age...

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David’s path from homelessness to housing

Last winter, David was homeless, sleeping outside in parks around Santa Rosa, and trying to keep warm with temperatures as low as 27º. David graduated from high school with plans to apply for college and major in electrical engineering. Becoming homeless at 18 wasn’t in his plan, but David maintained his positive...

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SAY teens team up at the Food Bank this summer

Last week, Dario Aguilar, our Esperanza Program Case Manager and I checked in with Eric and Andres, two youth who have been working at the Redwood Empire Food Bank this summer through our Esperanza Works program. When we arrived, the boys were busy sorting strawberries, making sure that the berries...

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Adulthood 101 with Louis Hopfer

Five years ago, Louis Hopfer became inspired. He had time available in his schedule and a passion for community involvement. He was a man looking for a project. At this time Louis connected with SAY. Confident that he enjoyed working with young people, Louis hoped to share his skill set...

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SAY Youth are Cleaning up at Bayer Farm

Tucked away in a quiet Roseland neighborhood on West Avenue is a location that goes largely unexplored. A simple wooden sign standing in front of the lot reads “Bayer Farm”, but the map hanging below it shows the site’s potential. With the support of LandPaths, a Sonoma County organization dedicated...

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